Memorial Weekend: Avoiding Exercise Injuries

Stay fit on vacation, but don’t overdo it, especially if you’re in the 50 plus age bracket.  According US News, people with sports injuries, led by baby boomers, are now the number 2 group visiting the doctor’s office, just behind patients who come in with colds

The UNC School of Medicine reports that weekend warrior injuries occur in both men and women of all ages, but especially among formerly active 30 plus adults, who are inactive during weekdays.

The Centers For Disease Control reveals that over 10,000 Americans receive emergency room treatment for sports and recreational injuries daily.

TEN TIPS TO PLAY SAFE

Bicycling

  1. Wear athletic shoes while riding a bicycle.  Never wear flip flops, sandals, high heels, clogs, slippers, or go barefoot while riding, unless you want to have an accident.
  2. To avoid backache, use the correct size bike.
  3. The type of bike you ride should be compatible with your journey. Don’t ride a racing bike, when you really need a mountain bike.
  4. If you’re core muscles are weak, the chances are good you’ll experience low back pain during or after your ride.  Begin to strengthen your core before your vacation.

Running

  1. Wear proper footwear.  Replace worn out treads before you leave on vacation.
  2. Don’t  over train (running too many miles, for too long).
  3. Don’t run on concrete. Grass or dirt trails are better shock absorbers.
  4. Stretch after your run. Keeping your muscles supple helps to avoid injury.
  5. Muscle imbalance can cause running injuries. Before your vacation, get a postural assessment through a local chiropractor, or fitness professional to determine whether you have muscle imbalance.
  6. To improve overall strength, hire a fitness professional to teach you how to cross train, by adding strength training to your routine.  

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Posted on May 4, 2013, in Exercise, Injury Prevention and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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